From Shire Pres­i­dent John Daw

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

The Shire of Mun­dar­ing has many vol­un­teers ac­tively main­tain­ing our bush­land re­serves. They clear in­va­sive weeds for the sake of sur­vival of our ex­quis­ite wild flow­ers and other na­tive plants.

These vol­un­teers are mem­bers of more than 80 regis­tered Bush­care Groups that are linked to a par­tic­u­lar re­serve. The vol­un­teers are known as Friends, such as the Friends of Black Cock­a­too Re­serves, Friends of Lion Mill Creek Re­serve and Friends of Wooroloo Her­itage Trail.

Bush­care Friends Groups have been op­er­at­ing for sev­eral decades and al­ways wel­come new mem­bers. As a Friend you will learn to dif­fer­en­ti­ate a “weed‟ from a “na­tive‟. This is an es­sen­tial skill for keep­ing your own prop­erty and verge clean and healthy, too. Una Bell, on na­tive grasses, plants, and in­va­sive weeds and how to spot the dif­fer­ences. The Shire has the con­tacts for join­ing ex­ist­ing Bush­care Groups. Mem­bers en­joy new friend­ships and a bit of ex­er­cise while giv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment a good hand!

If the patch of bush­land that you are in­ter­ested in car­ing for does not yet have a Friends Group, you can start one. Con­tact the Shire on 9290 6666 and li­aise with the Su­per­vi­sor of En­vi­ron­ment and Hor­ti­cul­ture.

Be­ing a Friend of a Re­serve is al­lied to the Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful Coun­cil‟s “Adopt a Spot” pro­gramme which is about clean­ing up lit­ter in a re­serve or road­side near you.

The Shire’ s Bush­care Team is avail­able on re­quest to as­sist Bush­care Groups to plan their work and as­sist with weed­ing and reveg­e­tat­ing pro­grams.

It would be a sad out­come if our rich bush­land be­came grass­land. Sad not only for we hu­mans who de­light at the sight of such colour­ful na­tive flora dis­play, but also for Some res­i­dents may be un­aware that a con­stant vig­i­lance is needed to help con­serve the won­der­ful na­tive plants that are com­ing into bloom now and over the next few months.This vig­i­lance is a gift from our Bush­care Friends.

As we drive along our roads and walk on our bush trails en­joy­ing the colours and tex­tures of the spring bush, let us all whis­per a thank you to our com­mu­nity Bush­care Friends.

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